Florida faces 61% chance of hurricane hit - Florida Politics

Florida faces 61% chance of hurricane hit

As Florida moves into the peak months of the annual hurricane season, Colorado State University researchers project a 61 percent chance the state will be hit by a hurricane.

In a forecast released Friday, researchers estimated there will be 16 named storms this season, eight hurricanes and three “major” hurricanes with at least Category 3 winds of 111 mph. Through July, there have been five named storms in the Atlantic Ocean, including Tropical Storm Emily which struck Florida this week.

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The researchers predict an “above average” storm season due in part to “anomalously warm” waters in the Atlantic.

The 61 percent chance of a hurricane striking Florida, compares to a 51 percent historical average.

The forecast projects a 27 percent chance the state could be hit by a major hurricane, compared to a 21 percent historical average.

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